Sunday, June 12, 2011

Persian Cuisine @ Zaffron Ristorante, North York

Zaffron Ristorante is a Mediterranean Restaurant whose menu emphasizes Persian and Italian Food. The restaurant has earned numerous local and foreign awards and is Zagat Rated. Since it was our first time dining our friendly waiter gave us some recommendations on what to dine.

Sabzi Khordan: Persian Assortment of Fresh Herbs
Sabzi Khordan: Persian Assortment of Fresh Herbs
Our Herb Plate consist of Mint, Parsley and Radish to start of our meal

Kashkeh Bademjan
Kashkeh Bademjan
Kashkeh Bademjan
It may not look pretty but this is one of Zaffron's Signature Starter. It's a Persian Eggplant Dip that's topped with Fried Crisp Onion, Fried Garlic, Olive Oil and Kashk (A Whey Type liquid). Mixing all the condiments with the Eggplant gave it a robust flavor that beats Hummus any day as a Bread Dip.

Focaccia Bread
Foccacia Bread
One of Zaffron's Signature Breads. The Bread was served fresh off the oven and was fluffy on the inside and crisp. It was very good with Kashkeh Bademjan.

Salad and Pilaf
We had the option of Salad or Rice to go with our Meat Platter. I chose the Salad which came with a Thousand Island Dressing. The Pilaf was a simple White Long Grain Rice mixed with some Saffron Flavored Rice.

Assorted Meat Kebab Platter (Ground Beef, Ground Chicken, Veal and Lamb)
Assorted Meat Kebab Platter (Ground Beef, Ground Chicken, Veal and Lamb):
We each ordered our preferred meat kebabs which was then placed in a single platter for us to share. The meats were all delicious. My favorite was Lamb Sashlik which was super tender and had the right amount of seasoning.

We were a mixed bunch after our meal. Some enjoyed it and others thought it was so-so. As for me I enjoyed their Eggplant Dip, which I thought was much better than Hummus as a bread dip. The kebabs were they way I liked it, grilled and seasoned just right allowing the natural flavors of the meat to speak out.

Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 3.5/5
Price: $$$ (Approximatley USD $35 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 6200 Yonge St. North York, ON M2M 3X1
Tel: +1 (416) 223-7070

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